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10-22-2009 @ 8:19AM
Ahahah oh definitely. The only cookie-cutter spec I have is a resist-full arcane spec with improve frost/fire wards for mana (it's a lot of refunded mana when you're in Hodir or flame throwing bosses.) And even then I have some variations. None of my other characters have or will have the "best" specs simply because I don't care enough to have the optimal dps rating (or healing). If the guy dies and we're still alive then I did my job. Oh and I always get laughed at for my soloing/PvP specs. I guess people don't realize that practicability is superior to optimal...ility...So yes, I do go for the weird spec almost every time.
10-22-2009 @ 8:53AM
"optimal...ility"That is gotta become a word... come on Webster!!!But yeah, I tend to do this as well. I have a recent pally tank thats going to be selecting a wide assortment of talents from all over the place...especially since I am helping some newcomers to the game and I am basically the tank and healer at the same time while questing...
10-22-2009 @ 9:43AM
Sadly, alternative specs are frowned upon by the developers. Sure they many not say it, but the spellpower weapons for enhancement shaman, the evil paladins who were doing bad, bad things when they allowed themselves to get “touched by the light,” and even PVP resto druids who use to get feral charge.I don’t remember when I first saw it, but I am sure it was a link here on wow.com to the forums where the developers came out and said (paraphrasing of course), we don’t have a problem with alternative specs, BUT we set up the talent trees with at least some cookie cutter build in mind.When the community tinkers and toys with the builds to find a competitive build the devs never anticipated, its gets nerfed so hard you look like a total ass for even trying it out post nerf. The devs don’t like alternative specs, its hurts their egos and maybe their vajayjay so while different specs are cool for things like leveling or testing in 5 man, guys like Rossi who like to play with different talent builds will be staring right down the barrel of a shotgun if they find any success with their unique build, and that is one of the great weaknesses of WoW, as much as I love the game.This leave players like you with no real alternative to the cookie cutter builds or at least the minimum base talents allocated into specific talents with a handful to distribute to accent your playstyle. Cataclysm may help some of that if they do overhaul the talent trees though.
10-22-2009 @ 2:00PM
Yeah I started off with a cookie cutter spec for healing on my resto druid, but I got sick of healing and respec'd balance. Then someone needed a healer and I was kiiinda missing healing so I respec'd, without a pre-made spec to go on. So I took what I remembered (what I used the most, what I was lacking, what I wanted) and respec'd on my own. I definitely don't push out the most HPS, but I've still had several people tell me my heals are amazing (it got me in a guild, in fact). So I think specing based on your playstyle is a good thing, because you might push out better dps w/ a less-than-perfect spec because it fits your style than someone with a perfect spec that doesn't use half of what their spec has to offer.
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